Have you ever found yourself standing at the crossroads in your life, either questioning yourself or finding it difficult to make choices, either personal or professional? Your capacity to move forward and take a leap of faith rests upon self-belief and taking charge of yourself. Developing a leadership mindset has no relation to one’s career or job title. It has everything to do with the manner in which we interpret situations and events and subsequently make decisions. i.e. the thoughts that drive actions and result in specific outcomes. We are constantly evaluating our current conditions; both consciously and unconsciously. Our perspectives regarding the circumstances in which we find ourselves today have been shaped by ideas and values learned in our formative years. [Read more…] about How To Develop A Leadership Mindset
Do you remember your first encounter with a leader who profoundly impacted the course of your career or business? Why do you think he or she left such a favourable impression? If you are in the position of leading others today, do the memories of your interactions with this individual linger fondly, still influencing your own leadership style?
Hopefully, you answered “yes” to these questions although it would not be surprising if:
a) You have yet to encounter a passionate leader and therefore have no frame or reference
b) You are sadly lacking a role model, or
c) Your recollections of leaders from your past make you wince, rather than smile. [Read more…] about Passionate Leadership: 12 Key Traits That Distinguish The Best From The Rest
“She’s not happy unless everyone around her is panicked, nauseous or suicidal.” One of the unforgettable lines from Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) describing her boss, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”. Fortunately, Andy realized that she didn’t need to play her boss’s game, refused to be a doormat and ultimately rose above Miranda’s outrageously dysfunctional behavior. Not only did she gain her respect, she learned to respect herself, succeeded in detaching from the drama and set impenetrable boundaries. Sadly, the same cannot be said for many individuals who work with difficult people. How are they able to push every “hot” button with ease? Why do they win? And what can be done to minimize their negative impact on morale, productivity and workplace cultures? [Read more…] about The Usual Suspects: Three Reasons Why Difficult People Win… And What You Can Do About It
“Mirror Mirror on the Wall. Who’s the Fairest of Them All?” And the Wicked Queen would wait for the magic mirror’s expected response: “My Queen, you are the fairest in the land.” And so it was, until one day the mirror shockingly revealed that times had changed: “My Queen, you are the fairest here so true. But Snow White beyond the mountains at the seven Dwarfs is a thousand times more beautiful than you.” Instead of facing the truth, the Wicked Queen vowed to poison Snow White, plotting revenge at every opportunity. [Read more…] about It’s Not You, It’s Me. Four Reasons Why Some Leaders Need to Look In The Mirror
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with an association that invited me to speak at their annual conference on the subject of influence. Although their membership is extremely diverse, the common denominator for all their members is the fact that they are in a position to profoundly impact their leaders, clients and co-workers on a daily basis. They were keen to learn more about the art and science of influence, and what struck a chord with me was the fact that they were passionate about making a positive difference in their respective workplaces. [Read more…] about Are you a Positive Influencer or a Chronic Complainer? Choose wisely.